According to the AAA forecast, more than 47 million Americans made travel plans, 42 million will drive to their destination and 3 million will be flying. Those choosing to drive will experience the worst congestion heading into the holiday weekend and on the return trip on Monday. The worst days and times to travel are Thursday between 2:00 -8:00PM, Friday between 12:00-9:00PM, and Saturday 2:00-4:00PM. If you plan to drive, make sure your car is ready for a long trip, especially if you have not taken one in a couple years. With so many people on the road, here are some summer driving tips to get you safely to your destination:
- Get your car serviced before you go
- Pack an emergency roadside kit
- Buckle up, do not drive distracted or impaired
- Stay alert, stop and rest if you feel tired
- Don’t forget to check the car before you lock it, don’t leave your children or pets unattended in a parked vehicle
If you plan to take public transit to your destination, here are the transit schedules for the Holiday Weekend:
- NJ Transit rail service will be offering “early getaway” service on Friday July 1st and modified service on Monday, July 4th. Schedule available here.
- SEPTA will add extra service for July 4th and will operate on a modified schedule. More info available here.
- MTA Service adjustments available here.
If you plan to celebrate locally, here are some local happenings and transit info:
- Route 130 Connection will not operate on Monday, July 4th
- Princeton Muni Bus will not operate on Monday, July 4th
- Tiger Transit schedules available here.
- Princeton July 4th Jubilee at Morven Museum on July 4, 12:00-3:00PM
- Hamilton Township July 4th Fireworks and Concert on July 1, 6:00-10:00PM
- Lawrence Township Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks on July 1, 6:00-10:00PM
- East Windsor Celebration on July 2, 6:00-10:00PM
- Go on a bike ride with the family in West Windsor, check out the GMTMA interactive map.
- Go on a hike and try a new trail. Some ideas here.
Whatever you choose to do, we hope you have fun and stay safe.
Happy 4th of July!